Online Master’s Degrees in Network Security

An online master’s degree in network security may equip individuals with the skills required to defend computer networks of an organization from potential hackers. In this one to two year program, students may learn how to develop and incorporate a network security plan, install firewall protection programs, and inform employees of potential network security threats. Program coursework may include specialized electives as well as major-specific courses including computer forensics, network security, and system analysis and design.

Upon completion of the program, students may either seek employment or enroll in a doctoral degree program. Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in information technology, computer forensics, network security, and telecommunications.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 22% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level network security degree programs may include specialized electives alongside major courses. These classes may teach students the techniques required to keep computer networks secure, how to discover network vulnerabilities, and how to acquire digital evidence against cyber hackers. Core network security classes may include the following:

  • Computer and Network Security
  • Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • System Analysis and Design
  • Database Design
  • Computer Networks
  • Management of Information Security
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may seek career opportunities in telecommunications, network security, information technology, computer system design, and homeland security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analyst employment is projected to increase by 22% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Internet Development Manager
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Network Manager
  • Information Security Analyst

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s degree may have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree may prepare students for a career in academia while also formulating new theories to advance the field of information technology.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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